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Kyrgios charges into second week, defeating Tsitsipas in pressure cooker

Nick Kyrgios edged out Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) on Saturday evening. He’ll face American Brandon Nakashima in the next round

Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon 2022 Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon 2022 © Dave Shopland / Shutterstock / SIPA

Australian Nick Kyrgios edged out Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No 4 seed, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) to move into the last 16 of Wimbledon.

In a wild, dramatic encounter, Nick Kyrgios continued his recent mastery of Stefanos Tsitsipas (4-1) and booked a spot in the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in six years.

Kyrgios, ranked No 40, will play American Brandon Nakashima next.

It was Kyrgios second win in as many months over Tsitsipas on the grass. He also topped him in a deciding set at Halle.

“I honestly felt like the favorite coming in,” the Aussie told the crowd. “I played him a couple weeks ago. But I knew that it’s gonna be a tough match, you know, he’s a hell of a player. I had my own tactics out there. He knows how to play me,. He’s beaten me once, and obviously I’ve had success [against him as well]. It was a hell of a match.”

“I’m just super happy to be through,” Kyrgios added,

Kyrgios is continuing his quest for a major title. Ahead of his victory, the Australian beat wildcard Paul Jubb (3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5) and Serb Filip Krajinovic, the No 26 seed (6-2, 6-3, 6-1).

Tsitsipas, ranked No 5, suffers an early exit. He edged out Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard (7-6 (1), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4) and won against Australian Jordan Thompson (6-2, 6-3, 7-5) in the previous rounds but couldn’t resist Kyrgios’ fury.

Wimbledon (Grand Slam)
Other third-round results
(All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass, GBP 40.350.000, most recent results first):

  • Rafael Nadal (2) beat Lorenzo Sonego (27): 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
  • Taylor Fritz (11) beat Alex Molcan: 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3)
  • Brandon Nakashima beat Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros: 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
  • Alex De Minaur (19) beat Liam Broady (WC): 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
  • Botic van de Zandschulp (21) beat Richard Gasquet: 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1
  • Jason Murray Kubler (Q) beat Jack Sock (Q): 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Cristian Garin beat Jenson Brooksby (29): 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
  • Cameron Norrie (9) beat Steve Johnson: 6-4, 6-1, 6-0
  • Carlos Alcaraz (5) beat Oscar Otte (32): 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
  • Jannik Sinner (10) beat John Isner (20): 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Novak Djokovic (1) beat Miomir Kecmanovic (25): 6-0, 6-3, 6-4
  • Tommy Paul (30) beat Jiri Vesely: 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
  • David Goffin beat Ugo Humbert: 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-5
  • Frances Tiafoe (23) beat Alexander Bublik: 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4
  • Tim van Rijthoven (WC) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (22): 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
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